2017 Golden Haiku Winners

Golden HaikuCongratulations to the authors of the winning poems from the 2017 Golden Haiku Contest!


Take a look around you while you’re outside and you’ll find nearly 100 beautiful haiku. Snap a photo, and share on social media using #GoldenHaiku!

Runners Up

tossing field stones
into a wheelbarrow
summer days
-Brad Bennett

summer twilight
the scent of mown grass
from each footstep
-John Hawkhead

rush hour
a butterfly emerges
from its cocoon
-Billy Antonio

winter garden
trailing after you
a whiff of honeysuckle
-Debbi Antebi

the butterfly’s wings snap shut
without a sound
I change my mind
-Mark Gilbert

garden cafe
sparrows tend
the empty tables
-Gregory Longenecker

autumn plantings–
the squirrels and I
choose the same spots
– Anna Eklund-Cheong

the bounce
in our step
-Christopher Patchel

spring sunlight
free from her silk sleeve
a butterfly tattoo
-Meik Blöttenberger

a twig snap
startles songbirds
into migration
-Annie Sheng

pussy willows
as surprised
as we are
-Anita Guenin

tap root
a pact with the soil
my spade can’t break
-Cheryl Lees-Haley

jazz festival
tumbling down a white wall
blue wisteria
-Andre Surridge

mid June
in the lamb’s ear
-Julie Warther

summer’s end
the farmer’s market
grows thin
-Terri L. French

one garden
overwriting another
light snow
-Sondra Byrnes

my father’s hands
earth stained
ginger root
-Marilyn Fleming

winter sun
our shadows sit
on the garden bench
-Debbi Antebi

scaling tangled vines
the wisteria burst free …
escape the garden
-Anna Eklund-Cheong

sunny daffodils
greet me at the front door –
one last sip of coffee
-Jonathan Lewis

spring sunrise…
following my shadow
into the garden
-Ali Znaidi

unfulfilled dreams
so many dandelions
along the highway
-Agnes Eva Savich

pressed leaf…
i inhale the fragrance
of yesterday
-Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

disused yard…
the bramble burgeoning
with birdsong
-Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

a meadow setting
some cups and plates
of Queen Anne’s lace
-Brad Bennett

the pause
between the sound of rain
and the end of the barbeque
-Mark Gilbert

all overgrown now
the garden corner
where the swing set stood
-Anna Eklund-Cheong

shivering …
on the bare fig tree
one last leaf
-Anna Eklund-Cheong

Quiet peaceful dark
Farragut Park soon awakes
Friday fun and food.
-Barbara Stoll

the window open
at the daycare center—
drifting blossoms
-Michael Dylan Welch

in the garden
of the moon . . .
a sparrow’s bones
-Mark E. Brager

the creased face
of ancient stone
Chinese garden
-Gregory Longenecker

sunshine penetrating
a femur
among daiseys
-Amanda Simmons

scent of lilacs
and a sudden fancy
to rhyme
-Christopher Patchel

sugar high
the undulating flight
of a honeyeater
-Cynthia Rowe

on the porch
me & the tomatoes
-KJ Monro

evening sun
on the stoop
the scent of roses
-KJ Monro

afternoon tea –
at the garden window
a marmalade cat
-Patricia Daharsh

two sides
of the garden fence
-Chen-ou Liu

between peonies
two cock sparrows
fight over a crumb
-John Hawkhead

pruning roses
the old gardener
sheds a tear
-John Hawkhead

summer noon –
the gardener tends
to his calluses
-Indra Neil Mekala

windy day
cherry petals chasing
the bride
-Alexey Andreev

Gettysburg battlefield–
the famous sites
green again
-Gary Hotham

by the plastic owl
goldfinches eating
sunflower seeds
-David Oates

on the tiny
new tomatoes
golden fuzz
-David Oates

Melting snow
In the garden I step on
a cigarette butt
-Benedetta Cardone

bare tree –
thoughts of green shoots
in front of mirror
-Srinivasa Rao Sambangi

early or not
the worm
has other plans
-Cheryl Lees-Haley

painting the sky
with their voices
southbound cranes
-Sandi Pray

first birdsong-
the koi pond takes on
the color of dawn
-Steve Hodge

garden plans–
my father measures
heel to toe
-Chad Lee Robinson

spring moss —
I want that color
for my soul
-Michael McClintock

garden bench
the couple enjoying
the bright sky
-Anthony Rabang

Valentine’s Day
grandson’s romantic greeting
hand-picked daisies
-Patricia Prime

pouring stale water
from the dying roses
into the sink
-Patricia Prime

daffodils —
freshly cut
-Julie Bloss Kelsey

2nd miscarriage –
the garden
I couldn’t grow
-Susan Burch

zen garden –
an imaginary river
runs through me
-Susan Burch

no stars tonight —
my daughter brings me
a jar of fireflies
-Engin Gülez

anniversary blossoms
smoothing over
the cobbles
-Helen Buckingham

a trillium
amid the moss
tasting the word
-Michael Dylan Welch

Dupont Circle spring
the first book readers
warm the benches
-Jay Friedenberg

in the toddler’s hand
a sunflower seed
with a curl of green
-Julie Warther

rogue wind
every garden box
-Terri L. French

wild lilacs
the esc key
of her life
-Carl Seguiban

grandma’s garden –
the sprouted seeds
her last goodbye
-Radu Tudosan

to coax a budgie
to perch on my finger
growing a rose bush
-Chien Ying Ng

march madness
our mailman scatters
seed catalogs
-Maria Bonsanti

rush hour
my puppy takes the time
to smell the camellias
-Christine Villa

golden sunset
a marigold drifts
in the Ganges
-Mohammad Azim Khan

old gardener
empty pots
filled with snow
-Mohammad Azim Khan

also stretching
in the afternoon sun
queen anne’s lace
-Sneha Sundaram

spring bloom
the heady breath
of new jonquils
-Madhuri Pillai

first daffodil
a song under
my breath…
-Madhuri Pillai

spring reverie–
pondering the language
of birds
-Devin Harrison

grape hyacinth
an infusion of hope
in the air
-Devin Harrison

mango blossom
— every tree full with
childhood memories
-Kala Ramesh

budding trees
the spring sun reaches
into the shadows
-Anna Maris

one way
or another
-Anna Maris

after hibernation
a deep-throated yawn…
-Kat Lehmann

spring rain
out of itself
a garden snail
-Nikolay Grankin

the hush
of an overcast day . . .
red flowers nodding
-Bill Waters

its brown wrapper
the daffodil blossom
-Bill Waters

shrub bed —
scratching out a living
the sparrow
-Bill Waters

in the city
spring is quiet
for those listening
-Scott Ressler

the snail
wearing out its shell
on both sides
-Wes Hyde

slow summer rain
how easily
the weed lets go
-Jennifer Hambrick

scent of boxwood
knowing i’ve been
here before
-Jennifer Hambrick

Past Years' Winners

2016 Winners

First Place

spring breeze
the sari slides down
her shoulder

— Kala Ramesh

Second Place

almost spring
the florist waters
her sidewalk

— Peter Newton

Third Place

green heart
inside a twig
broken off

— Meik Blöttenberger

2016 Honorable Mentions

Full Worm Moon  —
a freight train’s whistle trails off
past the south end

— Elaine Andrre

I just want some lunch.
Fast casual surrounds me.
Why’s the line so long?

— Kayla Anthony

dogwood in bloom
we talk salary
and benefits

— Susan  Antolin

alpine lake
a kayak glides by
on a cloud

— ernest berry

the slenderness
of a stem

— Meik  Blöttenberger

each other’s backs
rambling roses

— Maria Bonsanti

al fresco lunch
sharing a cheese pizza
cherry blossom topping

— Raj Bose

as if
for the first time …
morning glories

— Mark Brager

past all words
the color of pines
in rain

— Mark Brager

in a handful
of spring rain
this floating world

— Mark Brager

a second line
on the pregnancy test,
the curl of the fern

— Patricia (“Trish”) Bright

empty swing
creaking in the breeze,
March chill

— Patricia (“Trish”) Bright

a contrail drifts
past a star,
spring dawn

— Patricia (“Trish”) Bright

spring thaw
her tattoo

— Helen Buckingham

songbirds circle
the bandstand
spring gathering

— Helen Buckingham

just dawn
in Lincoln’s shadow
cherry blossoms

— Amada Burgard

crescent moon
the warmth of his hand
on my hip

— Terry Ann Carter

finding space
in the sky
tomato planting

— Anna Cates

airport lounge …
seeping through the glass wall
spring sun

— Kanchan Chatterjee

of a leaping fish …
winter moon

— Kanchan  Chatterjee

old men gossip
under the banyan’s canopy …
spring breeze

— Sandip Chauhan

spring morning
skimming cream off the top
of the milk bottle

— Margaret Chula

morning glory  —
I wish I knew more
about her dreams

— cezar-florin ciobîcă

the child blows
away dandelions’ fluff…
end of spring

— Ana Drobot

finally finding
behind the jack-o-lanterns
the Easter baskets

— Anna Eklund-Cheong

spring cleaning  —
dry pine needles
fly from my rugs

— Anna Eklund-Cheong

first crocus
last Christmas napkin
under my mug of tea

— Anna Eklund-Cheong

slanting to the angle
of birches
spring storm

— Judson Evans

spring rain  —
unfolding origami
of the hive

— Judson Evans

Rush hour
becomes a joy
on two wheels.

— Jonathan Ewing

March perigee …
the hare and I

— Grace Galton

the first cuckoo …
a slight hesitation
in the nun’s prayers

— Grace Galton

spring morning
the weight
of a feather

— Mel Goldberg

dew glistens
on the spider’s web
spring morning

— Mel Goldberg

spring night
through the open window
music and laughter

— Mel Goldberg

cheek to cheek
the pink blush
of cherry blossom

— Simon Hanson

dawn light
in the wake of a swan
the wake of her young

— Simon Hanson

the smell of hose water
a rainbow
in the spray

— Jackson

outside the old folks home
flashing red lights;
frost on the first daffodil

— Jackson

spring thaw
we decide not to replace
the rotted fence

— Alexander Joy

the weeping willow
touches water —
a memory surfaces

— Mary Kendall

pruning the trees
of public garden —
crow eggs on asphalt

— Lavana kray

little girl
pushing a baby stroller —
plum petals over doll

— Lavana kray

flea street vendor —
the straw hat turning
into a bird nest

— Lavana kray

old cherry tree
ready to be cut down
blossoming overnight

— Lavana kray

sweeping forbidden!
the girl hangs a banner
in the cherry blooms

— Lavana kray

the soft warmth
of my child’s breath —

— Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

spring sky
one dove after

— Gregory Longenecker

standing beneath
the falling blossoms …
the child in me

— Gregory Longenecker

spring walk …
from puddle to puddle
the whole sky

— Maya Lyubenova

Spring crops
besides the flowers
an armful of haiku

— Franklin Magalhães

narcissus in bloom
I take a selfie
by the lake

— Ann Magyar

by the halls of congress
cherry blossoms fall
left and right

— Ann Magyar

I forgot
the magnolia tree —
until it bloomed

— Tomislav Maretic

spring morning
i take an extra turn
in the roundabout

— Anna Maris

spring tidings
the deliquescence
of edges

— dl mattila

flying kites
the wind and i
pull together

— dl mattila

spring —
a lone daffodil
fills the field

— an mayou

dandelion field
i pick a wish
and blow

— an mayou

after the spring rain
a full moon
in every puddle

— Donald McLeod

light spring rain —
the blindman
takes off his hat

— Donald McLeod

by moonlight
the leafing reed plot
hither and thither

— Vasile Moldovan

All winter they walked
Hand in hand
At last, no gloves

— Marina Muhlfriedel

Reaching for a coat.
Her pink cardigan pleads
“Take me”

— Marina Muhlfriedel

the classic car
emerges from the dark garage
spring sun

— kj munro

early spring …
my daughter’s snowman

— Archana Kapoor Nagpal

in the woodland pond
amid floating blossoms
a turtle

— Sue Neufarth Howard

calm lake —
a duck nudges
the setting sun

— Rita Odeh

singing back
to the nightingale …
my inner child

— Rita Odeh

purple martin —
a little moth and then
no little moth

— Marianne Paul

new rain boots
the puddle
finds the little boy

— Marianne Paul

Flying petals —
the black cat’s eyes
blink drowsily

— Virginia Popescu

Old walls —
a blooming lilac
paints the sky

— Virginia Popescu

the pause
he takes on his flute —
spring rain

— Kala Ramesh

twilight trees
birds go in and out
of song

— Kala Ramesh

Blades of grass
Peek through melting snow
The robins return

— Ariel Ribeiro

If your friends all jumped
Off a cliff would you follow?
Yes, said the petal.

— Madelyn Rosenberg

Ice storm
each jonquil in its own
glass case

— Alexis Rotella

the first bloom
my heart to the sky

— Natalia Rudychev

early spring
a curtain

— Ernesto P. Santiago

petal by petal
the courtyard fills
with time

— Agnes Eva Savich

hide and seek
a bee hidden
in a snowdrop

— Vessislava Savova

shining wind
the light chatter
of aspen leaves

— Olivier Schopfer

spring morning
a baby bird
tests its wings

— Christina Sng

cherry blossoms
on the park bench
in memoriam

— Sneha Sundaram

small spring garden —
some love letters
in the mud

— Maria Tirenescu

finally out
without a sweater
the small dog

— Jessica Tremblay

the koi glides
from white clouds
to dark clouds

— Jessica Tremblay

leaning closer to see it
the crocus

— Jessica Tremblay

group picture
he cuts off
the cherry tree

— Jessica Tremblay

at thin air —
sweet pea tendrils

— Julie Warther

all at once
little by little
the willow’s green

— Julie Warther

the kite festival …

— Julie Warther

spring night …
walking and talking
beneath the yellow moon

— Bill Waters

saffron smudges
in the evening sky …

— Bill Waters

riverside wedding —
the flower girl
picks a dandelion

— Bill Waters

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